If approved, second- or third-year JD students may take up to twelve (12) credits and LLM's may take up to six (6) credits outside of the Law School and apply these credits to their degrees. For JD students, a maximum of six out of these twelve may be taken at another ABA approved law school. Generally, credit for non-law courses at the University of Michigan will only be approved if at the graduate level (with an exception for foreign language courses). All students must obtain approval from the Office of Student Life (firstname.lastname@example.org) PRIOR to enrolling in the class. Grades earned in these classes are not factored into Law School students' GPAs and they do not count toward graded units for honors eligibility.
A default grading basis of NDC (Not for Degree Credit) is automatically assigned for non-law classes. The NDC will remain on the transcript until the Law School reviews the final grade and removes the NDC flag. In order to receive Law School credit, all grades must be the equivalent of a B- (minus) or better. Removing the NDC is a manual process that typically takes place after the Law School's elective "Pass/Fail" period. If the credit is needed earlier, contact the Law School's Office of Student Records.
(Applies to J.D. students only.) In order to receive Law School credit for an approved non-law course, students must receive a grade of a B- (minus) or higher. Grades less than that receive no law credit and the letter grade earned is posted on the transcript. The default grade for a non-law course is the letter grade earned. Students who would like to "Pass/Fail" a non-law class must request to do so in the External Enrollment system by the Law School's "Pass/Fail" deadline. That deadline will be posted on this page and in MLawLive messages after all Law School grades have been posted for a term. Once the "Pass/Fail" deadline has passed, no changes to the grading basis can be made.
Starting in Fall 2018, Law School students are able to officially audit non-law classes. The grade that appears on transcripts for this is a "VI" (for "audit" or "visit"). Students who wish to take a course with the "AUD" grading option must first receive permission from the professor and forward documentation of that to email@example.com. After that, return to the External Enrollment system to check that you are auditing the class, or contact Dean Martí. Deadline for electing to audit a class in F19: Monday, September 23, 2019 (5pm).
To take a course outside The University of Michigan, students must complete and submit a Request for Approval of Course Taken at Another University Form in the External Enrollment system. The Office of Student Life will review the form and render its decision by email. The Office's approval is required to apply law degree credit.
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